The recent unveiling of the concentrated solar plant (CSP) in Groblershoop, Northern Cape signifies the strides that South Africa has made towards implementing the plan to include renewable energy sources as part of its energy mix. It forms part of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (REIPPP).
On the major investment undertaken by ACWA Power, a Saudi Arabian company during the launch, Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, commented: “The project instils confidence in government’s long term infrastructure roll out, providing energy access, contributing to economic, community and sustainable development.”
The project marked a key milestone in South Africa’s electricity supply security and CO2 reduction, Davies said. “With its record 9.3 hours thermal energy storage capacity, the Bokpoort CSP project will provide electricity to approximately 21,000 households during the day as well as night time and save approximately 230,000 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions during every year of operation.”
Besides, the operation of the plant will provide electricity to the Eskom grid to power communities and industry by ensuring a reliable source of renewable energy and increasing power supply.
Within five years, the REIPPP has attracted R194 billion of investment. During construction peak time, more than 1,200 people worked on site, while 70 permanent jobs have been created to operate and maintain the plant. The plant was constructed over 30 months.